James Lawrence Mooney
March 30, 1934 ~ May 4, 2015
James L. Mooney died in the early morning hours of May 4, 2015. He was 81 years old. James was born in Kansas City, Missouri on March 30, 1934. He moved to Los Angeles with his parents in 1939, and married his High School sweetheart, LaVerne Burke, in 1953. He enlisted in the Air Force soon after where he played trumpet in the band. After his enlistment was up, he and LaVerne Purchased the home he grew up in in San Gabriel, Ca. He worked with the Telephone Company and soon moved with their three children to a new home in Burbank, Ca. In his spare time James played trumpet in various Jazz venues throughout the Los Angeles area, and developed an interest in recording. In 1970 he built a Recording Studio in Hollywood, Ca. after purchasing a studio called Sage & Sand, and renaming it Sage & Sound. He spent the next 30 years recording many Jazz artists, and movie scores, and television show theme songs. In 1998 he retired to Temecula, Ca. where he and his wife enjoyed playing golf and going to yard sales. James will be missed by all who knew and loved him. He is survived by his wife of 62 years , LaVerne E. Mooney ; his children: Cheryl Torres (Albert), and Donald; Grandchildren, Brian Yoder, Shawn Yoder, Elizabeth Torres, Justin Mooney, Kirsten Forjan, and Natalie Torres; Great Grandchildren, Emily Mooney, Kai Yoder, Khian Yoder, Wren Yoder, Logan Forjan, Adrian Forjan, Gabriel Forjan, and Christian Forjan. A memorial service and reception will be held at St. Catherine’s on Friday May 15, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Catherine’s Church, 41875 C Street, Temecula, Ca.